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Dithering In Afghanistan Explained

It has been close to four weeks since Gen. McChrystal made his request to our C-in-C for an additional 40,000 men in Afghanistan.  The Nation has been asking: "What is our President waiting for; why the delay in him making this important decision"?

Well the answer is simple.  Our President has ordered "Bold and Modern" Modern Art to decorate and inspire him in the White House.  Amongst the new collection, is this inspirational piece:


This painting is the work titled: “I Think I’ll ... ” was put into canvas by the Californian artist Ed Ruscha and deals with the subject of indecision. The work depicts a brilliant red sunset against which Mr. Ruscha has painted phrases like “Maybe ... Yes ... ” and “Maybe ... No ... ” and “On Second Thought.”

You think I am making this thing-up?  Go read the full article HERE.

Boq

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Perhaps The Chosen One wants to make sure that he doesn't confuse a thorough thought process with indecision, by confronting himself with this provocative piece of art. Perhaps he has a sense of humor. Let's view this from the bright side: it is good to know that on a subject this important your leadership takes the time to weigh the pros and cons of every action. Though, to be honest it makes me extremely nervous!

 
"... on a subject this important your leadership takes the time to weigh the pros and cons of every action."

That's got a name. Paralysis by Analysis.
 
Quick answers are usually wrong! You'll never get right answers, unless you're asking right questions! "A foolish man learns not from his own mistakes, a smart man learns from his own mistakes and a wise man learns from other peoples' mistakes." We should take some time and learn from our own history, then we should take the time to learn from the culture, mindset and history of our adversary. We want to know what our adversary is thinking before he does, this is possible.  Yes, as we do this, our expectations will change. As we do this, our expectations, strategy and tactics will continue to evolve. This will be a long drawn out process. The question will not be, "if" but, "how".

 
"Let's view this from the bright side:"

Why not view it from outside:  He's as lost as a pig in the woods.

 
Shoot, just look at the photo ops coming out on his "war advisory cabinet", in the MSM news. Tthe man is trying to run the war by consensus since he has no core values or moral compass. He is not the commander in chief, he continues to act and practice the only thing he truly knows, flapping his jaw and community strife, all the rest is not important to him or perhaps not even conceptually understood.
 
Shoot, just look at the photo ops coming out on his "war advisory cabinet", in the MSM news. The man is trying to run the war by consensus since he has no core values or moral compass. He is not the commander in chief, he continues to act and practice the only thing he truly knows, flapping his jaw and community strife, all the rest is not important to him or perhaps not even conceptually understood.
 
We are at War. Wouldn't it be the most important piece of thinking the President did if he thought about that War. He said he only spoke with the Commander of that War effort once in the last 8 months. Evidently this War is not important to the President. He would rather be making speeches to people that swoon over him then rolling up his sleeves and figuring out what needs to be done against the Taliban.

This is not a serious person.
 
@Lamigra, it is interesting, your comparison, usually a wild boar knows his way around in the woods.

@Fishmugger, after 9/11, I figured George W. Bush would have requested a full "Constitutional Declaration of War", rather than the "War Powers Act". Under the "War Powers Act", the only success was Persian  Gulf I. There are some issues between Persian Gulf I and 9/11, many can just be blown off, but some not so quickly.  I wish we had gone to war as a Nation, not just the Military.
 
@Grumpy, who said anything about a wild boar?  I'm thinking of a simple little barnyard piglet.
 
@LaMigra, "I'm thinking of a simple little barnyard piglet." If you think the decisions that need to be made will be simple, you've missed the lessons of history and experience. Many people have fought there and think they understand the regional  tribal warrior ethic. The reality is many don't understand. There is nothing National, it is all loyal to the tribes. Everything that has been discussed has been tried before and failed, this would include the future McChrystal plans. We are looking forward to the times of the Barbarian Tribes. The Afghani's and Paki's are tribal warriors, not soldiers.